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    September 8, 2010
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you're watching cbs5 eyewitness news. why so d lead to a tough less some in economics. the bay area schools in dawning of shutting down, why some say it would -- danger in shutting down, why some say it would lead to massive construction. more complaints or pg&e smart meters, why dozens of people say the smart meters are messing with their security. it makes me kind of angry i have to say. i mean that's my money. >> taxpayer money down the drain, the appliance tested by the state that some say is just a waste. it's just terrible food. it doesn't taste good. it's not very healthy. >> and hold the fries, the bay area community that's not loving it when it comes to mcdonald's moving in.
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with breaking news at l-a-x. right now, the f-b-i is investigating a bomb threat found in the b good evening. i'm ken bastida. we begin with breaking news tonight out of l.a.x. right now the fbi is investigating a bomb threat found in the bathroom of a plane. the flight took off from bangkok, landed safely less than three hours ago. thai airways says that someone scrawled a message on the lavatory mirror saying there was a bomb on the plane. the threat was in english. the note apparently contained poor grammar and passengers have gotten off that plane. authorities are interviewing them now along with the crew. luggage is also being screened. also in the news tonight three east bay schools in danger of shutting down are looking to their own city for help again tonight. the schools are grant and olinda elementaries and kennedy high all in richmond. the campuses serve more than 1,600 students. robert lyles shows us the
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classmates warrant closures could lead to violence. >> reporter: we are live outside richmond city council chambers and inside there have been more than 40 speakers who spent the past two hours offering commentary as to why all three of those schools should remain open. now the richmond city council must figure out or at least find 1 1/2 million dollars to keep those schools open for the next two years. now one city councilman tells us tonight he and the board are feeling financially bullied, but a pending election just may assure all three of those schools stay open. closing kennedy high school is more like a lecture in history. >> there's been generations pass through this school. >> reporter: a seminar on psychology. >> it's like a home wrecker, like tearing down schools. >> reporter: and a term paper on how to encourage social unrest. >> why don't they do some other school. therefore, you combine those two, it would be like massive destruction to the school.
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>> reporter: but for a school with lagging enrollment it seems the thing for the school board. >> there seem to be potential possibilities to keep all three of the schools open. >> reporter: it was in february, 2009 that the west contra costa school board voted 4-1 to shutter the three schools, but now the board president is saying bean counters forced that vote. >> and one of those standard recommendations is to make sure that you close your smallest schools. essentially that was the recommendation that was brought before the board. >> if this is not a matter to argue, this is a matter to agree. >> reporter: but it seems the vote to get $1.5 million from the city tonight to keep the schools open through spring 2012 is less of a lesson in civics and more of a lesson on political expediency. you see, board members are up for reelection and at least one current city councilman is running to replace the mayor. so even though the council is angry at the school board for
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what they call fiscal mismanagement -- >> from that perspective i think we have been kneelinged. >> reporter: you can't be re' -- neglected. >> reporter: you can't be reelected on a platform that you shut down schools. what's that mean for the three richmond schools? >> it's going to be passed unanimously. >> reporter: richmond is not the only city to intervene in keeping a school open. san pablo also paid to keep one of its schools open. the difference here in richmond we're told the money is likely going to come from general fund which means the city must decide whether they'll continue to fix the roads and pay for the libraries compared to keeping those schools open. there was a windfall recently with a settlement of $114 million with chevron. that could also be used, but right now there is no final vote by the city council. so no final decision as to exactly where that 1 1/2 million dollars will come from. >> keep us updated, robert lyles in richmond. thanks. new complaints tonight over pg&e's smart meters and this one has nothing at all to do
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with your utility bill. several people are reporting the smart meters are interfering with electronic household gadgets, devices such as cordless phones, crib monitors and wireless headsets. they pop and crackle and give off static. the problem apparently happens when the smart meter electronically transmits information back to pg&e. also affected security systems and remotely controlled garage doors. factors come into this." 9:47 >> there are some things we can do and again that's why we encourage customers to reach out to us, but certainly could have to do with location of the devices if there's a chance to move a device, age of device. there's a lot of factors that do come into this. >> in a report written to the california public utilities commission in 2009 pg&e said that it had discovered cases of smart meter interference with other electronics and it was working on a solution. meanwhile the state tests televisions and refrigerators all the time for energy usage,
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but hot tubs? consumers are paying 13 cents a month extra on electricity bills for california to buy appliances including brand-new hot tubs directly from the manufacturers. they are tested to see if they comply with energy efficiency standards and then sold at auction at a fraction of the cost. program. but it's providing ov n dollars a year i >> we're not getting the best bang for our buck when money gets spent this way. >> consumers are paying 13 intents cent a month for the testing for the standards program, but it's providing over a billion dollars a year on savings on utility bills. >> yet consumers question why the state doesn't follow the feds who have found a way to do protect testing for free. the california energy commission declined an interview for this one. headlines around the bay area tonight, in oak hand a man suspected of shooting a freemont police officer -- oakland a man suspected of shooting a freemont police officer made his appearance this afternoon. he confessed to opening fire on
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officer todd young last month, one of two plainclothes officers trying to arrest barrientos, a suspected gang member on a warrant. tonight young is in serious but stable condition. barrientos did not enter a plea today. in pittsburg crews combed a landfill for a fifth straight day but still no sign of a missing man. fred rick solis has not been seen since his father ricardo was found last month at a house in hercules. they rented that home from cindy tran who was allegedly killed by her boyfriend efren valid morrow. he was shot and killed -- valued morrow. he was shot and killed -- valdemoro. he was shot and killed. police in sunnyvale released a sketch from a man believed to be behind a series of arson fire. since may there have been 15 fires, nine happening last week. in each incident dumpsters and cars were set ablaze. the suspect described as a
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slender latino man about 20 years old and about 5' 10. holding a sh well, people waiting for the bus in san francisco could find themselves staring at a woman holding a shotgun. the posters are up at more than a dozen bus stops and promote a gun rights policy conference in burlingame later this month. those posters went up after san francisco suspended its policies that bans firearms in ads on public transit. the municipal transportation agency is reviewing how a recent u.s. supreme court decision impacts its ban. the ruling said second amendment gun protection applies on a state and a local level. another mcdonald's? some in walnut creek say not in my backyard. mike sugarman on their beef with the fast food joint. >> reporter: at the knot hill plaza shoppers are blessed or cursed with plenty of chain fast food restaurants. carl's jr., quiznos, panda
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express, gourmet burritos. does it really need a mcdonald's? >> i think it's fine. >> don't think it's necessary here. >> reporter: the heavyweight of the fast food world wants in, but there are those who say we have enough already because people eat too much fattening fast food. >> it's just terrible food. it doesn't taste good. it's not very healthy. it's terrible for our children who have obesity problems. >> reporter: mcdonald is proposing a drive-thru restaurant across the street in an old abandoned drive-thru bank building. now a burger battle is brewing and it has this bridge club buzzing. mount diablo womens club, show of hands, how many think a mcdonald's should go in across the street? all right. they were playing in carl jr.'s game room and nora jensen believed parental responsibility trumped any dietary arguments. >> i think it's up to the individual to decide what they and their families need to eat. if oaf boese it i is an issue, that belongs to the parent -- obesity is an issue, that
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belongs to the parent. >> reporter: marilyn said the increased traffic holds the cards for her. >> the traffic is a problem here. >> the primary issue is going to be traffic i think. >> reporter: sandra meyers should know. she's the community development director. too many fast food places, oh boese it i? that's not how the city makes decisions she says. >> if it's commercial, it's commercial. we're not going to get into the type of food that's being served there. >> reporter: another issue, there are four high schools less than a mile from here and there's some concern that this mcdonald's could be a meeting place for trouble. those are rival high schools in some cases. we called mcdonald's for a response to all. this they never got back to us. mike sugarman, cbs5. it's not much of an invitation, how the u.s. is trying to promote tourism with a brand-new fee. efficient or just a waste of money? them something focusing on the future, b.a.r.t.'s plan to get people to the airport, but is it more efficient or just another waste of money? come.
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we have an update out of richmond tonight with respect to that school board meeting. the western contra costa school district, them have voted to go ahead and fund those two elementary schools, grant and olinda as well as kennedy high school in richmond. the city council decided to kick in more than a million dollars to help fund the schools at least through next spring. we'll have complete details on www.cbs5.com. looking at some state news now, meg whitt map's former rival is now her -- whitman's former rival is now her supporter. state insurance commissioner steve poizner endorsed his fellow republican for governor in a statement released today in which poizner backed the entire california gop ticket. poizner did not offer any praise for whitman. actually during the primary he accused the former ebay ceo of being a republican in name only. the senate race between
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carly fiorina and incumbent barbara boxer is getting a little tight. a rasmussen report survey released today puts those candidates in a dead heat giving fiorina 48% of the vote and boxer 47%. the poll has a margin of error of four percentage points, so it's anyone's game now, the survey taken yesterday. the candidates had their first debate last week. starting tomorrow foreign tourists will have to pay appear extra couple of bucks to visit -- an extra couple of bucks to visit the u.s. visitors from 36 countries will have to pay $14 to register through the electronic system for travel authorization. registration is required for travelers using the visa waiver program. part of that money will pay for the program's operating costs, but most of it will go to promoting the u.s. as a tourist destination. aerial t fremont. if you build it, they will come. at least that's the thought behind an aerial tram proposed for freemont. it would take people on a 1 1/2
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mile ride to a spot near mission peak. kiet do shows us one man's on a mission to make that tram a reality. >> i sit around and think a lot. >> reporter: doug tinny is the first to admit he's a retiree with a lot of time. how do we know you're not crazy? >> i think i am certifiably crazy? >> reporter: you know the trams that take you up to squaw valley? ken any has an idea building one at the base of mission peak to go here 2,400 feet up the mountain. >> if you give them something totally unique and no one else in the bay area has it, there's a possibility they will come. >> reporter: this red line shows the path of the proposed mission peak tram. the summit station would be a low key one-story building. the former graphic designer made a logo calling it the peak experience. at $15 a ride tinny guesses it will rake in more than $4 million a year in ticket sales,
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boost local tourism and put freemont on the map. >> think about what we could too that would aid freemont in -- do that would aid freemont in being something more than just a bedroom community in the bay area. >> reporter: doug has already made his sales pitch to the east bay regional park district. they own most of the land out here and their answer was a polite but firm not in your lifetime. in the mid-of a recession the city council was -- midst of a recession the city council was at least open to talking about it. >> i think anything ideas to attract entertainment is always interesting. >> maybe it's just a matter that crazy stuff isn't as crazy as it used to be. >> reporter: the biggest complaint from hikers, what to do about parking. every weekend thousand of people try to cram into this tiny lot. >> i would say there's more negatives and positives if i may put it that way. >> reporter: i'm sensing a cautious yet in support of the tram. >> cautious yes if they solve all the problems, yes. >> reporter: and no taxpayer money. and the park district says
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building a tram doesn't fit in their mission of protecting open space. by the way, the guesstimated price tag is $40 million. the mayor says they simply don't have that kind of cash on hand. in freemont kiet do cbs5. a multi-million dollar waste is what bay area transit advocates are calling b.a.r.t.'s open airport connector. b.a.r.t. wants to build a on monorail system to get travelers from the coliseum stadium station to oakland international airport. estimated cost? half a billion dollars. a public transit advocacy group claims a bus would be just as fast and $350 million cheaper. e median" (butt) 53:41 - 53:52 linton johnson/bart spokesman this is a pr goinig to be wort >> there's so much space on hagen burger you can actually narrow the lane to safe amounts and make an exclusive lane that only the bus can travel on in the median. >> this is a project that is going to be worth so much more. it's going to be priceless
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years from now. you'll look back and say man, thank god we did that. >> well, a monorail idea is not a done it deal by any stretch. b.a.r.t. is still lining up the money to figure out a way to pay for it. >> we're trying figure out what kind of weather we've got coming up next. >> the city of san francisco where today's high topped off at 60 down from 84 degrees yesterday, currently in the 50s, wind gusting. tomorrow morning it's sweater weather. we have temperatures in the 50s, thick overcast morning drizzle. this right here, this trough to the north of us, it's sliding down in a southerly direction. as it does absorbing it's enhancing this marine layer offshore and it's going to be so deep by tomorrow morning's commute sun up is right around sick 43, no one's going to see it. in fact -- 6:43. no one's going to see it. in fact, the clouds gradually retreat past the bay during the early afternoon hours but hang very tight to the immediate
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seashore. average high in livermore 86, only a high of 68 tomorrow, 10 degrees below normal and a good six degrees cooler than today. our numbers are easily 10 to 16 degrees below average for our wednesday. let's pinpoint your neighborhood forecast, 50s, 60s at the beaches, no sunshine. 70 degrees across los gatos, and saratoga, east bay numbers in the 50s and 60s to the low 70s inland. the warm spot 74 degrees in brentwood, tracy and oakley, north of the golden gate bridge a pair of 5's in stinson beach with drizzle all day into bodega bay 72 and sonoma. there's the extended forecast, fraud wail warming on thursday with the passage of the trough and -- gradual warming on and -- gradual warming on thursday with even without pre rinsing, and -- gradual warming on thursday with you don't have to worry about this inside your dishwasher. finish quantum's three chamber technology breaks down food residues
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mountain lion, shot and killed by police last week. that brings us to tonight's good sir. a memorial has been set up in berkeley for a mountain lion shot and killed by police last week. that brings us to tonight's good question.
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one viewer wants to know how common are mountain lion sitings here in northern california? -- sightings here in northern california? they are known by many names, cougar, panther and puma. the fact is california mountain lions are more closely related to leopards than to lions and they are thriving in california these days, but just how many are really out there? >> there are a finite number i think based on the number of deer and size of the habitat. >> reporter: you see, the state of california is huge and fish and game figures roughly half of the state is prime mountain lion habitat, but it wasn't always that way. in 1971 after more than 100 years of uncontrolled hunting, the population fell to as few as 600 animals. as a result, then g ronald reagan imposed a moratorium on recollect -- governor ronald reagan imposed a moratorium on recreational hunting of mountain lions and in 1990
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california passed proposition 119 which declared the big cats a specifically protected mammal. since then the population has exploded. you never know where you're going to find mountain lions in the bay area. they can be just about anywhere and if you have deer in your neighborhood, guesses are they're not far away. i need your good question. send them to me at www.cbs5.com. and the giants muscle up ag can you name the last american standing at the u.s. open? i'm dennis o'donnell and the giants muscle up again. was it enough for lincecum? was it enough for lincecum? the answer is next. ,,,,
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for a $5.00 coupon. a must-have. area is it actually possible that the giants owe their success to thongs... aubrey huff only in the bay area is it actually possible the giants owe their success to thongs. >> oh, no. >> aubrey huff says he's now wearing a red one for a little mojo. >> what's this? daddy out too. against the d- >> yeah, the panties seem to be helping huff daddy out against the d-backs tonight, his 23rd homer of the season, 2-0 giants. freddy sanchez muffs up for his 4th. look at the -- muscles up for his 4th. look at the fans. look at the catch. the whole section is going nuts. the freak struck out 11 d-backs in 6 2/3. lincecum is 13-9. the giants have won four straight. they remain one game back of san diego.
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they are also one game back of atlanta for the wildcard lead. dallas braden had the game face on but did not translate to the field against the cellar swell dwelling mariners. seattle scores -- cellar dwelling mariners. seattle scores five runs and with the tying runs on base cliff pennington pops it up. he pops it up. a's slide two games under .500 lose 7-5. americans at the u.s. open, the few, the proud. san francisco native sam queerey on the ropes against stance law waurinka. waurinka -- stanislaus waurinka. waurinka takes him out and he's gone. first set, tie break venus, backhand down the line and wins straight sets the only american left in new york. back to the giants and d- backs in the top five. the rookie brandon allen going hard. watch the top of his head hit this. >> oh. dives in foul ground to make the
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>> lost tim lincecum. no. 4, cubs and astros, stanford product jason castro dives in foul territory and houston beat chicago. no. 3, phillies and marlins, the dive in center by cameron maybin, phillies maintain first place in the national league east. brewers and cardinals at no. 2. probably took them longer than he would have liked bourtree hoffman is baseball's lone 6 -- but trevor hoffman is baseball's lone,,,,,,,,,,
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